Fine Art Asia
Fine Art Asia put forward a wonderful display of museum-quality works, ranging from antiquity to the present-day, including antique furniture, jewellery, contemporary art, and ink art. Amongst the impressive booths, Whitestone Gallery exhibited previous finalists Yang Yongliang (China) and Etsu Egami (Japan), shortlisted in 2010 and 2019 respectively.
Yongliang’s striking work, Early Spring, was a key feature in the gallery’s presentation: being an impressive two metres in height and illuminated by the glow of a lightbox. Known for his works combining urban and natural landscapes, the artist contemplates the devastating effects of unregulated urbanisation and industrialisation: both in China and beyond.
This dichotomy between nature and city is mirrored in Yongliang’s style as well, as he creates a dialogue between ancient oriental aesthetics and modern digital techniques. The result is a painterly, almost ink-like quality to his work: where misty landscapes create an otherworldly-feel and allude to an uncertain future.
While man’s intervention into nature is more obvious in Yongliang’s 2010 shortlisted work, Artificial Wonderland No. 2, where cranes jut out into the skyline, he seems to take a more subtle approach in Early Spring. At first glance, one observes a tranquil, mountainous landscape. However, on closer inspection, dirt roads and trucks on flattened land become visible in the distance – foreshadowing an environment soon to be eroded away.